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Old 09-16-2008, 03:24 PM
 
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Why are this forum's poll results so different from the national polls?

I'm an Obama/Biden supporter, so not complaining, but just wondering what your theories are.
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Old 09-16-2008, 03:35 PM
 
Location: Catonsville, MD
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I am also curious about this since I read about 4 or 5 months ago that CD tended slightly toward the conservative side (some other poster on CD said that somewhere in the political forums, so it wasn't exactly a scientific polling of CD people!) I'm happy about CD's polls and the direction they're taking lately, but I am curious.
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Old 09-16-2008, 03:42 PM
 
Location: northeast headed southwest
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I think more younger people participate in online forums and younger people skew toward liberal.
I also think those polls are all conducted by phone and are probably missing a large segment of the population that either screens their calls or uses a cell phone only. These people are probably a similar group to the people online.
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Old 09-16-2008, 04:42 PM
 
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The CD poll is "random" and is basically restricted to individuals who visit this site. National polls typically try to gather data from a population that is "similar to" registered voters/likely voters breakdowns.

~ButterBrownBiscuit~
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Old 09-16-2008, 04:44 PM
 
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McCain supporters use computers as well as he does?
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Old 09-16-2008, 11:32 PM
 
Location: San Antonio Texas
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Why are this forum's poll results so different from the national polls?

I'm an Obama/Biden supporter, so not complaining, but just wondering what your theories are.
i think that most of the repug leaning "trailer trash" component and bible thumper voters (too busy praying) are not really well represented in this forum. these are more normal ppl that participate in the forum. seriously, there is no way that the forum will pick up every type of voter in the country. many older voters may not use the computer so much, although many do. maybe some family types may not use the computer as much b/c they are putting the kids to bed. it may not pick up poorer households that may not own a computer. i'm just guessing. the forum just won't pick up those kinds of voters, so it couldn't be so accurate.
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Old 09-16-2008, 11:43 PM
 
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What happened to the poll? - the sticky at the top of the page. I don't see it anymore.
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Old 09-17-2008, 12:28 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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We need to also remember that there are LOTS more CD members here that never step foot in the political forum. Some people are just turned off by the arguing.
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Old 09-17-2008, 12:55 AM
 
Location: Seward, Alaska
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I am also curious about this since I read about 4 or 5 months ago that CD tended slightly toward the conservative side (some other poster on CD said that somewhere in the political forums, so it wasn't exactly a scientific polling of CD people!) I'm happy about CD's polls and the direction they're taking lately, but I am curious.

I may be wrong, but I believe CD is skewed slightly to the liberal side, due largely to the numbers of younger people on the forum, who tend to spend more time on computers.


Bud
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Old 09-17-2008, 12:58 AM
 
Location: southern california
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I may be wrong, but I believe CD is skewed slightly to the liberal side, due largely to the numbers of younger people on the forum, who tend to spend more time on computers.


Bud
ditto its definitely left.
im one of em. im only person i know without a george bush bumper sticker from the last 8 years.
here we worship george. the loyalty to hard right is over the top-- worthy of pre WWII berlin.
the kick in the head will be if GOP takes it--- when blackwater comes and confiscates your guns
and palin denies any association with NRA.
kinda like when the black shirts snuffed the brown shirts in germany. surprise surprise.
obama 08
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